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Physics Fundamentals

2nd Edition

Algebra-Based Introductory
Physics Textbook

by Vincent Coletta

Published by

Physics Curriculum & Instruction

960 pages
Hardcover and eBook Formats Available

College Level
Honors & AP High School


About the Book:
Physics Fundamentals by Vincent Coletta meets the needs of all algebra-trigonometry based college physics courses. It is also appropriate for AP, Honors, and advanced high school physics courses. Physics Fundamentals is available in print (hardcover/full color) or as an eBook. Priced well below other physics texts, substantial cost savings can be realized with either format.

Over its 10 year development period, Dr. Coletta conducted extensive student reviews and thorough class testing to ensure the text is understandable and interesting to a wide-range of students. Dr. Coletta’s research in PER (Physics Education Research) has provided better understanding into student reasoning skills and strategies to address difficulties students encounter in learning physics. Thousands of students used Physics Fundamentals in manuscript form, and peer review panels examined the material for clarity and accuracy. This extraordinary development effort has produced a text that is exceptional in its use of direct, concise language to convey ideas and its explanation of difficult concepts.

Chapters open with an overview of how physics concepts relate to topics of interest to students. Wherever possible, abstract physical concepts are introduced by appealing to common experiences that illustrate the concepts. Numerous applications of physics to biology, technology, sports, and everyday life are included throughout each chapter.

Derivations are sometimes integrated in the text and sometimes presented at the end of a section or chapter. This flexible organization allows the author to present the mathematical explanation at the most appropriate place to enhance student understanding, and ensures that a level of qualitative understanding has been reached before the mathematical foundations of the concept are introduced.

The art program is unsurpassed in a physics text. 1500 photographs and illustrations help clarify physics concepts for today's visual learners. Three-dimensional perspective drawings are used extensively throughout the text and illustrations often accompany examples.

Two kinds of essays are provided throughout the text: In Perspective historical essays and Closer Look essays that involve physical concepts or applications. In Perspective essays are mainly short biographies of physicists who have made some of the most important discoveries in physics. They offer enough depth to humanize their subjects and sometimes to help understand what motivated their discoveries. Closer Look essays are discussions of physical principles and applications that encourage the student to think about subjects likely to arouse interest.


About the Author:
Dr. Vincent Coletta earned a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Notre Dame, and has been a Professor of Physics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles for over 25 years. Dr. Coletta’s graduate research involved calculating long-range correlations between spins in many-body magnetic systems – a problem in statistical mechanics. His graduate research advisor was Professor Gerald Jones, an academic descendent of Uhlenbeck, Sommerfeld, and Boltzmann.

Dr. Coletta’s textbook was first published in 1995, and has been used throughout the world. Over the past years Dr. Coletta has been active in Physics Education Research – the scientific investigation of the learning and teaching of physics. He has analyzed test results from thousands of students, in order to better understand the effect of students’ reasoning skills on their success in physics. This has led to publications in the American Journal of Physics, Physical Review, and The Physics Teacher. His current project, Thinking in Physics, is designed to enhance the reasoning skills of students at risk in introductory physics. This project has received National Science Foundation funding.

Dr. Coletta has chaired the LMU Physics Dept. for 11 years. In that capacity, he built the department’s Interactive Physics Classroom, with a unique design that facilitates interactive learning.

Pricing / ISBN: Additional Information:
Single Copy (eBook Format): $69.00
Single Copy (Hardcover Print): $89.00
Site License (High School Only): $895.00

ISBN 978-0-9713134-5-3 (Hardcover Print)

ISBN 978-0-9713134-2-2 (eBook)

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